— September 4, 2007 —

Contents

  1. Dr. Wake to resign as provost, return to faculty
  2. Harak named director of Center for Peacemaking
  3. Feedback requested for new Marquette Web site
  4. Catholic organizations to sponsor Go Roman Week
  5. Colonial Williamsburg executive to speak about storytelling
  6. Learn how D2L can enhance your teaching at training sessions
  7. Biological Sciences to present seminar
  8. Department of Chemistry to hold colloquium
  9. New radiation safety officer appointed
  10. Help celebrate 30th anniversary of Brigg’s & Al’s Run
  11. Marquette Neighborhood Health Center accepting university insurance
  12. Free concert at Pere Marquette Park
  13. Free samples available at Sample the City 2007
  14. Group fitness sign-ups begin today
  15. Learn self-defense at free Public Safety classes
  16. Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of Sept. 4

1. Dr. Wake to resign as provost, return to faculty

Marquette President Robert A. Wild, S.J., today announced the resignation of Dr. Madeline Wake as provost, effective Dec. 31, 2007. She has held the position since 2002.

“Madeline has devoted herself to Marquette for 30 years, serving in a number of administrative and faculty positions,” Father Wild said. “As provost, she has directed our efforts to diversify our student body and our faculty, to expand our global outreach and to ensure accountability through assessment of our academic programs. I honor her desire to return to faculty and am pleased to appoint her as a university professor so we can continue to take advantage of her expertise and commitment to Marquette.”

Father Wild noted that during Wake’s tenure the university elevated its national profile, set application and admissions records, developed a new shared governance model, increased external grant funding and created a number of new academic programs, including the nursing Ph.D. program, the neuro-science track in the biological sciences doctoral program,  the doctoral program in physical therapy, a new major in Catholic theology, and the master’s programs in Christian doctrine, leadership and dispute resolution.

“The mission of Marquette is close to my heart,” said Wake, who earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Marquette and her Ph.D. at UW-Milwaukee. She said she was originally reluctant to accept the provost position “because it meant I had to leave my profession of nursing. However, I saw that my accepting the position was important as we restructured university administration. The provost model would give more attention to academic priorities.”

Wake served as dean of the College of Nursing for nine years before being appointed provost. She joined the nursing faculty in 1977 and directed the nursing continuing education program for 14 years. She is currently board chairperson of the Aurora Visiting Nurse Association and a member of the board of directors for St. Francis Seminary, the Blood Center of Wisconsin and the Center for International Health. The recipient of many awards, Wake has researched nursing care delivery systems and spoken both nationally and internationally on nursing and nursing education. Working with the International Council of Nurses in Geneva, Switzerland, Wake was instrumental in helping to establish the international classification of nursing practice.

Wake said she viewed her efforts to improve academic quality and faculty life as her greatest accomplishments as provost. She established special programs for participating faculty and enacted a special salary increase of $3 million, which brought faculty salaries to the 60th percentile of the AAUP benchmarks. “Our faculty is the backbone of the university, both intellectually and in terms of our day-to-day contact with students,” she said. “It has been my honor to work with literally hundreds of faculty members and staff who are truly devoted to the Marquette mission.”

Wake, who is 65, said she intends to make additional contributions to Marquette and society through her efforts in nursing and health. She is also looking forward to spending more time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Father Wild said the university will conduct a national search for Wake’s successor.

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2. Harak named director of Center for Peacemaking
 
G. Simon Harak, S.J., has been named director of Marquette’s new
Center for Peacemaking, the creation of which was approved at last week’s
University Academic Senate meeting.
 
Prior to joining Marquette as a lecturer in theology in January 2007, Harak
served as national anti-militarism coordinator for the War Resisters League.
 
“Voices in the Wilderness,” an organization Harak helped found to
nonviolently challenge the economic warfare waged against the people of
Iraq, was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2000, 2002 and 2003. Harak has traveled to Iraq three times with VITW to bring medicine and toys to Iraqi hospitals. During one of his visits, he was the only American representative among 500 international participants at the Baghdad International Conference on the Sanctions.
 
Harak was voted Alpha Sigma Nu's "Teacher of the Year" at Fairfield University in 1995 and in 1998 attained the rank of full professor of theology, also at Fairfield.

Harak is the author of Virtuous Passions: The Formation of Christian
Character
, editor of Aquinas and Empowerment: Classical Ethics for Ordinary
Lives
and Nonviolence for the Third Millennium: Its Legacy and Its Future
and co-editor of Beyond Boundaries: Student Volunteers in the Developing
World
.
 
He has a bachelor of arts degree from Fairfield University, a master of
divinity degree from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and a master of
arts and doctorate from the University of Notre Dame.

3. Feedback requested for new Marquette Web site

A beta version of a new Marquette University Web site is now available for review. The campus community is encouraged to review the site and offer feedback through a form at the bottom of every page.

Because the site is still in development, users may see items that require correction. Users are encouraged to identify these issues using the feedback form as well.

The site is located http://demo.mu.edu/edu/index_beta.shtml.

4. Catholic organizations to sponsor Go Roman Week

The Marquette community is invited to participate in free events during “Go Roman Week 2007,” today, Sept. 4, through Friday, Sept. 8. Go Roman Week is a celebration of Catholic faith, life and community.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 7:30 p.m. – Pro-Life Rosary followed by bingo at 8 p.m., Cudahy 114, sponsored by the St. Robert Bellarmine Society

Wednesday, Sept 5, 5 p.m. – Knights of Columbus barbecue, Central Mall

Thursday, Sept. 6, 8 p.m. – Catholic Outreach presentation “Why I Became Catholic,” by Dr. Mark Johnson, associate professor of theology, Chapel of the Holy Family

Friday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m. – Film screening of A Man for All Seasons, AMU 163, sponsored by the Schoenstatt University Men and The Schoenstatt University Women

Saturday, Sept. 8, 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. – Blessed Mother’s Birthday Barbecue Bash, Tory Hill, sponsored by the Catholic student organizations

Saturday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m. – Film screening of John Paul II, Weasler Auditorium, sponsored by The Knights of Columbus.

For more information contact Margaret Smith.

5. Colonial Williamsburg executive to speak about storytelling

Dr. Rex Ellis, vice president of the Historic Area at Colonial Williamsburg, will speak about storytelling as a means for teaching sensitive cultural subjects. Ellis will present “Black Agency in an Era of Oppression: Engaging in the Fight for Freedom,” on Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Raynor Memorial Library Conference Center.

Ellis has found that storytelling allows him to teach history by humanizing a population that had been dehumanized in the past. Previously, he chaired the Division of Cultural History at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. In 1979, Ellis helped create Colonial Williamsburg’s African-American interpretation program, which helps visitors become aware of 18th-century slave life through stories and drama.

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6. Learn how D2L can enhance your teaching at training sessions

The Center for Teaching and Learning and Information Technology Services are offering hands-on Desire2Learn training sessions for faculty this fall. All sessions are located in Raynor Library, room 320(h) — Center for Teaching and Learning.

Sept. 5 — 1 to 4 p.m.
Sept. 19 — 1 to 4 p.m.   
Oct. 4 — 1 to 4 p.m.   
Oct. 30 — 1 to 4 p.m.
Nov. 16 — 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
 
Register on-line and click on instructor training sign-up
 
Private consultations are also available by calling 8-8811 or 8-0268.

7. Biological Sciences to present seminar

Dr. David Bernlohr, professor of biochemistry and molecular biology/biophysics at the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, will present “Oxidative Stress in Obesity and Type II Diabetes,” at 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, in Wehr Life Sciences, room 111.

8. Department of Chemistry to hold colloquium

Dr. Martin Zanni, professor of chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the Department of Chemistry’s colloquium on Friday, Sept. 7, at 4 p.m., in the Todd Wehr Chemistry Building, room 121. Zanni will speak on “Using 2D IR Spectroscopy to Study Membrane Peptide Structure and Folding.”

9. New radiation safety officer appointed

With the retirement of Dr. Bela E. Piacsek, the university’s long-time radiation safety officer, Dr. Michael Schlappi, associate professor of biological sciences, has been appointed as the new RSO. The RSO works in conjunction with the Office of Research Compliance to support the university’s radiation safety program and to address all radioactive isotope matters.

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10. Help celebrate 30th anniversary of Brigg’s & Al’s Run

Join the Marquette community and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in celebrating the 30th Annual Briggs & Al’s Run & Walk on Saturday, Sept. 15. Register online to be part of the Marquette University team or other MU teams. Enter “MU” to search for all university teams; the password for the general MU team is “murahrah.” For more information, stop by the Event Management Office, AMU 245. The team registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 5, at noon.
 
To volunteer before, during or after the race contact Ali Myszewski at 8-3129.

The event was founded by former Marquette basketball coach Al McGuire and has raised more than $7 million for the hospital to fund medical care, research and education.

11. Marquette Neighborhood Health Center accepting university insurance

The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center, 1834 W. Wisconsin Ave., suite 100, is now an approved in-network primary care provider for those covered under Marquette University health insurance plans.

The Marquette University College of Nursing assumed operation of the center in April. The health center is staffed by nurse practitioners who provide a wide range of primary health care services to children, adults and families, with a focus on yearly check-ups (including school, sports and work physicals), well-child care, immunizations, screenings, laboratory tests and management of chronic illnesses. Nurse practitioners are advanced practice nurses with licensure to prescribe medications. The health center also serves as a clinical location for faculty-supervised work of graduate and undergraduate students.

Visits are by appointment during office hours, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be scheduled by calling (414) 933-9100.

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12. Free concert at Pere Marquette Park

“Marquette Day” at River Rhythms, a Milwaukee music festival, will take place at Pere Marquette Park from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5. The featured artist is Paul Cebar. T-shirts will be handed out during the free concert.

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13. Free samples available at Sample the City 2007
 
Sample the City 2007, on Thursday, Sept. 6, will feature free samples and a raffle from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the AMU Ballrooms.

Vendors such as Jimmy Johns, the Milwaukee Wave, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and many more will be present. Each vendor will have samples or coupons available.  

To volunteer at the event (free T-shirt included), e-mail Erin Lazzar with available times that day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and T-shirt size.

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14. Group fitness sign-ups begin today

Group fitness sign-ups at the Rec Center take place today, Sept. 4, as well as at the Rec Plex on Thursday, Sept. 6, beginning at 9 a.m.

Stop by either facility for more information or call the Rec Center at 8-1558 or the Rec Plex at 8-7778.

15. Learn self-defense at free Public Safety classes

Public safety is offering several free self-defense classes this semester to teach techniques for escaping potentially dangerous situations. Designed for both male and female audiences, the classes combine a hands-on approach to learning self-defense techniques with information about national and local crime trends.

Friday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. in AMU 227
Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 8 p.m. in AMU Ballroom B
Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. in AMU 227
Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in AMU 227
Friday, Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. in AMU 227

Register by calling Public Safety at 8-6800.

16. Marquette Interchange highlights for the week of Sept. 4

• Night work on the new bridge east of the law school resumes today, Sept. 4, through Friday. Other night work will occur south of 11th Street and Tory Hill and west of Straz Tower. None of this work should create much noise.
 
• Daytime pile-driving and demolition work continue south of Tory Hill on southbound I-43. The closest work to the university will be well south of the law school.
 
• The ramp from southbound I-43 to westbound I-94 will be closed overnight Tuesday through Friday this week. Southbound I-94 will be closed overnight at the Highland exit on Wednesday, Sept. 5.
 
• St. Paul Avenue between 4th and 13th streets will be closed in both directions overnight on Thursday, Sept. 6.

• No weekend work will take place this coming weekend, Sept. 7 to 9.

• All old portions of the interchange will be completely removed by the middle of September. Much of the old concrete and asphalt were recycled and used on the project.


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